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Role of Scrutineers at a Voting Station

What is a Scrutineer?

A Scrutineer is a candidate’s representative at a voting station. This means that on Election Day, a Scrutineer may observe the voting process at their assigned voting station.

Why are Scrutineers important?

Scrutineers are there on behalf of a candidate to ensure that a fair and transparent election is conducted.

Who can be a Scrutineer?

Scrutineers must be at least 18 years of age, and must be appointed in writing by a candidate.

What can a Scrutineer do?

A Scrutineer:

  • Is permitted to observe all parts of the election process;
  • May object to an elector (voter) receiving a ballot (with reasonable grounds); and
  • May, at the count, object to a ballot being counted as valid or being rejected.

What can’t a Scrutineer do?

A Scrutineer cannot:

  • Campaign on the premises used for the voting station (including wearing buttons or other apparel related to a candidate);
  • Use a cell phone during voting hours in the voting station; or
  • Take part in the election process at the voting station – they must only observe;
  • Prevent someone from voting

How do I become a Scrutineer?

A Scrutineer must present the Scrutineer Appointment form, signed by the candidate, to the Presiding Deputy Returning Officer at the voting station on Election Day. Only one Scrutineer per candidate is permitted at each voting station. Please contact your preferred candidate to learn more.